November 30: Applying benefit-cost analysis to social programs

TASCHA Talk: Tyler Davis

November 30, 2010

Tyler Davis (Ph.D. candidate, Evans School of Public Affairs) will first give a 30-minute talk on some of the work he has done to apply benefit-cost analysis (BCA) principles and standards to social programs. He will begin with an overview of BCA and give an example from the Army Corps of Engineers, the institution that developed BCA standards in the United States. Next he will give an overview of how BCA has migrated to other programs, including social programs. Finally he will identify the characteristics of BCA conducted on social programs, and identify emerging standards. This will be followed by an open conversation to discuss ways in which BCA might be applied to other TASCHA research. Tyler is currently working on the BCA component of the Global Impact Study.

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